COVID-19 RESPONSE

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United Way is working with our community partners to assist those most impacted by COVID-19. 

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$10 MILLION RAISED TO SUPPORT SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

$4.95M RAISED 

through the Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County to respond to community needs

$2M SECURED

from the $4.95M raised to provide individual assistance grants for local households

$2.6M SECURED 

in CARES Act & CDBG funds to provide Rental Assistance Grants and other services

2,500+ HOUSEHOLDS

have received individual and rental assistance checks from United Way of Santa Barbara County

171 NONPROFITS

have received a total of $2.4M in support grants from the Joint Response Effort

$375,000 RAISED 

for a Critical Needs Fund to help SBC Public Health contact tracing and isolation capacity

$680,000 RAISED 

for Learning & Enrichment Centers serving 530+ local students

$685,000 RAISED

for emergency childcare services for children of local essential workers

38,000 STUDENTS 

have been using United Way literacy tools to improve reading skills in a virtual environment

United Way of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide relief funds for individuals and families, as well as the organizations assisting them. United Way is working with Family Service Agency to conduct remote interviews with all applicants to verify needs and provide case management. To learn more, please CLICK HERE.

In partnership with the County of Santa Barbara and the City of Santa Barbara, United Way is offering rental assistance grants to eligible individuals and families. Eligible applicants must meet specific requirements. The funds were made possible by the County of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City Council through federal grants received from the CARES Act. To learn more, please CLICK HERE.

To support local schools and students with remote instruction and distance learning, United Way of Santa Barbara County and its community partners have created the Learning & Enrichment Centers Collaborative, a ​childcare and learning/enrichment model to provide support for our most vulnerable local children and families. This collaborative has raised $570,000 and has created 342 spots for students. To learn more, please CLICK HERE.

United Way of Santa Barbara County is working in partnership with Jane and Paul Orfalea/the Audacious Foundation and the Natalie Orfalea Foundation, with Lou Buglioli through the Emergency Child Care Initiative to provide needed child care for essential Santa Barbara County employees. Child care services were available for up to 278 children. This initiative raised $685,000 to support child care services. 

United Way of Santa Barbara County established a Critical Needs Fund (CNF) in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Health Department (PHD) and the James S. Bower Foundation to quickly deploy resources to help leaders from the Public Health Department and others reduce the rate of viral transmission and assist with the process of safe reopening. Specifically, the CNF focuses on isolation capacity and contact tracing capacity. To date, this fund has raised $375,000. To learn more, please CLICK HERE.

In May and June 2020, United Way led a school supplies drive and book distribution project with a variety of community partners to support students in their home learning environment. In total, we provided books, school supplies, and Home Play Learning Kits to 1,375 students throughout the county. Our partners included Santa Barbara Public Library, Family Service Agencies, Family Resource Network, Police Activities League, Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara County, Isla Vista Youth Projects, and First 5's Headstart program.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Our neighbors most impacted by COVID-19 need the support and help of caring community members like you. 

DONATE
  • To donate online, CLICK HERE or the donate button above. 
  • To donate by phone, call 805-965-8591. 
  • To donate by mail, send check to United Way, 320 E Gutierrez St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; memo line: COVID-19 Response